Mass. General: No more lives will be lost as result of blast

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April 16, 2013, 4:22 pm
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(NECN) - Massachusetts General Hospital's Chief of Trauma Surgery, Dr. George Velmahos, told the media Tuesday afternoon that he believes there will be no more lives lost from injuries sustained in the Boston Marathon bombing.

According to officials, 34 patients went to MGH Monday with bomb-related injuries, and 31 of them were injured in the explosion. Of those patients, 10 of them have been treated and released, 12 were admitted, nine were triaged to a medical walk-in clinic nearby. Of those nine, five were sent to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for evaluation of eardrum damage from the explosion.

Dr. Velmahos says he is confident there will be no further lives lost, and says all patients are stable, and some have woken up completely.

Dr. Velmahos says six or seven patients are still in critical condition.

He also says he's spoken to some patients and he's amazed by them, saying some woke up without legs and said they were just happy to be alive.

Boston has set up a hotline for finding friends and family: 617-635-4500; If you have info. regarding the perpetrators in the crime, call: 800-494-TIPS.

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